Ahhhh, the linking post…
Sometimes when I’m blog hopping, I’ll read something that inspires me to write and when I do, I like to link to the originating post. I do it for a variety of reasons, but mostly so that the primary blogger gets credit for my idea and secondly so that my readers can find out what inspired my post.
I think my most popular linking post has to be Exactly How Do I Get Paid Then? which was written in response to criticisms some mom bloggers were receiving for “giving away their services for free.” I linked my post to Mom Bloggers: There is No Good Reason to Work for Free. None. by Jennifer James. I stated my reasons for linking to posts above, but I want to explain why this post grabbed my attention.
I know a lot of mom bloggers are hoping to turn their blogs into a source of secondary income and they have no idea how it’s done or how to attract the attention of sponsors for blogging workshops or advertisers for sidebar advertising, yet they’re constantly being harangued for “giving away their services for free.” After reading these posts for the umpteenth time, without any tips for how to monetize or rectify the situation I decided to throw the question out there and see what happened. Jennifer responded to my question with a brief outline in the comments section and then followed up with a post on her blog, Jennifer James Online. To avoid redundancy, I wrote a follow up post on a related topic but I linked to her response so that my readers could get the information directly from her.
For me, this process was about asking a question and doing some follow up. Not only does this help my readers, but it helps me too (and it also helps drive traffic to Jennifer’s blog). And, most importantly, it helps those bloggers who want to monetize their blogs to get a rough idea of how it’s done.
This post was written as part of the 31 Day Problogger Challenge that is being sponsored by SITS.